Environmental Review Process

Maritime Link Project Receives release from Environmental Assessment

On June 21, 2013, NSP Maritime Link Inc. received release from Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Maritime Link project.

Through the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Nova Scotia Environment, and Newfoundland & Labrador's Department of Environment and Conservation, the Maritime Link received an EA release from the Federal Environmental Assessment process, as well as environmental approval from the two provinces.

NSPML registered the project description in 2011 and filed a comprehensive Environmental Assessment Report for the Maritime Link Project in January 2013. The report provided each jurisdiction with a complete overview of the project and included input from aboriginal groups and stakeholders. The report also identified mitigation measures to ensure the project is constructed in an environmentally appropriate manner.

With EA release, NSPML will now align its environmental commitments and requirements with the overall project timeline.

To learn more about the Maritime Link and the EA release and environmental approvals visit the following websites:

Environmental Assessment Report Filed

On January 17, 2013, NSP Maritime Link Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador Holdings Inc. and an affiliate of Nova Scotia Power, filed its Environmental Assessment Report (EA Report) for the Maritime Link Project with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Nova Scotia Environment, and Newfoundland & Labrador's Department of Environment and Conservation.

Environmental Assessment is a formal regulatory review process that considers environmental, social and economic effects of projects. The process is administered by regulation through the federal and provincial governments and ensures that projects proceed in an environmentally responsible manner.

Environmental Assessment Report:

Environmental Assessment Registration

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On November 30, 2011, Emera Newfoundland & Labrador  formally registered the Maritime Link Transmission Project with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEA Agency) and with the Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Environment and Conservation. 

This is a first step in the environmental approval regulatory process for the  $1.2 billion electrical transmission project between the islands of Newfoundland and Cape Breton. The process in Nova Scotia will be initiated once the environmental assessment report is filed in mid-2012.

With the formal registration, the respective regulators will evaluate the  Maritime Transmission Link Project to assess its scope and environmental footprint. This information will be used to define the type of environmental review procedure necessary, determine if additional information is required, as well as establish timelines to conclude the process.

Emera Newfoundland & Labrador is committed to ensuring a fair, open and transparent evaluation of the Maritime Link Transmission Project and looks forward to engaging with all stakeholders as we go through the environmental assessment process.

To follow the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador’s Environmental Assessment of the Maritime

To follow the Government of Canada’s Environmental Assessment of the Maritime Link project, please visit: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEA Agency).